UN chief deeply concerned about widespread arrests in Turkey

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General said he trusts that the current "moment of uncertainty" in Turkey will be transformed into a "moment of unity."

Ban Ki-moon's comments were made during a phone call on Wednesday with the country's Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Turkey continues to reel from the aftermath of a failed military coup earlier this month which left more than 240 people dead and has led to thousands of arrests and detentions.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General sought an update on current investigations and measures to hold to account those responsible for the 15 July coup attempt.

A readout of the phone call shows that Mr Ban also expressed concern over the recent implementation of a state of emergency.

He said some of its provisions restrict "the full exercise of individual rights."

Farhan Haq is UN Deputy Spokesperson:

"While welcoming the announced release of 1,200 military detainees, the Secretary-General referred to worrying reports of mistreatment and abuse of some of those who are still in custody and their detention conditions, and underscored his deep concern about the scope of continuing widespread arrests, detentions and suspensions, which reportedly cover many segments of Turkish society and Government institutions. Credible evidence on those under investigation has to be presented swiftly to the judicial system so that legal determination could be made before the court of law.

Mr Ban said he trusts Turkey's Government and people "will transform this moment of uncertainty into a moment of unity, preserving Turkey’s democracy."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.



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